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Within the fictional worlds of sf stories or novels, whenever a space of some unusual properties is found, it can be defined as the zone. A zone's most characteristic feature is the way it differs from and interacts with the world around it. Sf most frequently depicts realities dissimilar to or even distant from that of readers' empirical experience, but no matter how surprising they seem, they are customarily based on a set of irrefutable yet decodable rules to be concretized in the course of ...

Rheingold, Howard

(1947-    ) US online entrepreneur, editor and author, whose fiction consists of two series: the Sisterhood sequence beginning with Mama Liz Drinks Deep (1973); and the Savage Report sequence, comprising Jack Anderson Against Dr Tek! (1974) and Savage Report #2: War of the Gurus (1974), a Near Future Satire recording the attempts of a conservative conspiracy to ...

Goodman, Alison

(1966-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "One Last Zoom at the Buzz Bar" (in The Patternmaker, anth 1994, ed Lucy Sussex), and whose Young Adult sf novel, Singing the Dogstar Blues (1998), lightly sketches in the hard times inflicted upon a teenager by her Alien partner who engages in ...

Kensett, Percy F

(1868-1940) UK author of The Amulet of Tarv: A Romance of the South Downs, 1,000 BC (1925), a Prehistoric SF tale whose present-day protagonists are given access via Time Viewer to the era in question; they are then able to establish Communications with the past. [JC]

Hellstrom Chronicle, The

US film (1971). Wolper Pictures. Produced by Walton Green. Directed by Green and Ed Spiegel (Hellstrom/insect sequences). Written by David Seltzer. Cast includes Conlan Carter (farmer), Ian McShane (himself), Suzanne Pleshette (herself) and Lawrence Pressman. McShane and Pleshette appear in a film clip from If It's Tuesday, This Must be Belgium (1969). 90 minutes. Colour. / An early docudrama hosted and narrated by the fictional ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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